“That’s the kind of thing that the scriptures have condemned” as pertaining to gospel truths, he added.
Elder Ballard spoke of criticisms to the effect that the Church has hidden the fact that there is more than one rendition of Joseph Smith’s First Vision. Allen of BYU in 1970 produced an article in the Church magazines explaining all about the different versions of the First Vision.” He added, “We would have to say, as two apostles who have covered the world and know the history of the Church and know the integrity of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve from the beginning, there has been no attempt on the part of the Church leaders to try to hide anything from anybody.” Thanks to the Joseph Smith Papers project, “we’re learning more about the Prophet Joseph; it’s wonderful we are,” Elder Ballard said.
“You have to say to yourself, ‘I will now tonight, because I’ve been in this meeting with two members of the Quorum of the Twelve, draw a line and I’m not going to step over it again to the pornography side.
I’m going to stay on the Lord’s side.’ ” Elder Oaks added, “Remember the Atonement of Jesus Christ, which assures you of forgiveness of sin and which offers you the opportunity when you call upon the Lord to get strength to confront every mortal temptation, weakness or inclination.” What advice/guidance would you give for answering tough questions about Church history when we are asked about them by someone who is struggling with their faith?
“The Church is a place of refuge, a place to come and find peace, the answers to life’s questions.
Russell Ballard answer questions from young single adults worldwide during a Face to Face event hosted by students at the Logan, Utah, Institute of Religion and emanating live from the Morgan Theater at Utah State University on Nov. “We send our love across the oceans, the mountains and the electronics to all the world,” said Elder Oaks, bringing appreciative chuckles from the live congregation.
Hosted by students at the Logan, Utah, Institute of Religion and emanating live from the Morgan Theater at Utah State University, the 90-minute question-and-answer session was carried to hundreds of thousands of locations in Church institutes and other venues across the world via internet feed on the Church’s website, Facebook page and You Tube channel.
Russell Ballard answer questions from young single adults worldwide during a Face to Face event hosted by students at the Logan, Utah, Institute of Religion and emanating live from the Morgan Theater at Utah State University on Nov. Here are some of the questions that were addressed with summaries of the responses.
He quipped, “We know one another; we can finish one another’s sentences if the occasion requires. ” A recording of the entire broadcast may be viewed at with a link from the home page.